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"2018.06.12 duet with Roger Dannenberg — Pittsburgh, PA — in person": Starting on January 1st, 2018, I began making a movie every day of me playing (M)Usic. The plan was to shoot one every day of 2018 & to string together excerpts from each of them in chronological order to make a feature-length movie to be called "365". Along the way I decided to compile monthly reports named by month & year, e.g.: "January, 2018", & to release these online a month after they were done. Hence, "January, 2018" was uploaded on March 1, 2018. I started thinking about each month more & more thematically. "May, 2018" became my piano month. "June, 2018" is my duets month. It was difficult to find 30 local people willing to play a duet with me to meet my goal of a different duet for every day in June so I contacted people in my international contacts to somehow make a duet together — using Skype or some other means. We've been playing the duets for as long as they take, spontaneously deciding when they were over, & then I've been excerpting roughly :20 to a minute to use in "June, 2018" & "365". At 1st, each movie that I made documenting each duet was thought of as little more than raw footage but, gradually, they started seeming like significant works in & of themselves. SO, after I'd edited the footage I shot with Michael Pestal via FaceTime, I decided to declare each movie to stand on its own & to break my pattern of waiting a month to post the monthly footage to post one of these daily duets every other day starting today, June 16th, until mid-August when all of them would be uploaded. This 12th one features Roger Dannenberg on trumpet, flugelhorn, & laptop — the latter using software that he developed for sampling & looping. Roger only miked his trumpet so that was what he sampled & looped. I was mainly playing my "Yr of Sundays" samples & DX27S sounds — some that I'd programmed (long ago) & some prefabricated ones. I've known Roger since at least April 30, 2008, when he & I & many others played with Michael Pestel, Ben Opie, & Anthony Braxton at the National Aviary in the Marsh Room. Since then, Roger was in my HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Cooperative) for which he developed some software. Roger might be best known for his work with computers but he's also an excellent jazz & classical trumpeter & composer. I've had the honor & pleasure of having him work with me on my "Reductionisms", "A Catamaran Animist Vigor", "RonDodo", & "Endangered Languages, Endangered Cultures, Endangered Ideas". The software Roger was using was something he'd only recently developed for a composition of his. This was the 1st time he tried improvising with it. On a different note, I often explain to people that I'm not a musician, that I'm a Usician, a Low Classicist, a booed usician, a Sound Thinker, etc. People often seem to agree that I'm not a musician because they hate the way I play so much & hate the way I break all sorts of unwritten laws about what makes 'good music'. In other words, they don't understand that I'm trying to make a point that I'm thinking about context & creatively exploring it. - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE note written on July 7, 2018E.V.
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